What Does Lobster Taste Like?

If you’ve never tried lobster, you’re in for a real treat! Let me tell you what lobster tastes like and how to try it for the first time!

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Once you’ve tasted lobster, just thinking about it will make your mouth water. It’s ten o’clock in the morning and I could eat some lobster right now! Seriously! That’s how much I love lobster!

Lobster is a delicacy that has been enjoyed for centuries. Plus, there are tons of ways to serve this tasty treat – from classic boiled lobsters served with drawn butter for us purists to grilled lobsters topped with garlic butter sauce and lemon wedges or as a sandwich known as a lobster roll..the possibilities are endless!

Now, let’s dive right in, and let me tell you about one of my favorite foods in the world!

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What Does Lobster Taste Like?

The taste of lobster is unlike anything else – sweet and succulent meat that melts in your mouth like butter. Lobster is not fishy tasting but has a mildly salty, ocean-like taste (brininess) similar to that of crabs and shrimp. The meat is tender with a slight sweetness. The texture falls somewhere between the firm, chewiness of shrimp and the flakiness of crab, depending on which part of the lobster you are eating.

What Is A Lobster?

Lobsters are a family of large marine crustaceans that live up to an estimated 50 years in the wild.

They can be found in all oceans, and generally live by themselves in crevices or under rocks in a variety of ocean bottoms.

Lobsters are omnivores that walk around the seafloor but scurry backward using their tails when fleeing the scene. This is known as the cardioid escape reaction.

Lobsters come in a variety of colors although many will never have the privilege of seeing the rare colors.

Typical lobster coloring is brown with bluish or olive green tints allowing the lobsters to blend in with the ocean floor. Rare lobster coloring includes blue, Halloween, albino, and calico to name a few. Generally, most people return rare lobsters to the sea or donate them to museums and aquariums.

Once cooked, a lobster’s shell turns a bright reddish-orange color.

American lobsters are found on the east coast of the U.S., generally from Maine to North Carolina.

Are Lobsters Shellfish?

When referring to marine animals, shellfish are comprised of two categories – crustaceans and mollusks. Lobsters are considered crustaceans.

Why Is Lobster So Expensive?

In the U.S., the majority of the lobsters are found in the cool Atlantic waters from Maine down to New Jersey.

Much of the lobster in the U.S. is delivered live and although very difficult, lobster can be processed as well. Because lobsters are usually caught live with traps and can’t be easily raised on farms, there are many steps along the path from the seafloor to your local restaurant or grocery store.

Each person involved in bringing lobster to your dinner table must be paid. This causes the price to increase each time the lobster is transferred from vendor to vendor.

Gourmet lobster dinner at the fine restaurant

How Much Do Live Lobsters Cost?

In many places, it is not uncommon for live lobsters to set you back $30 to $40 a pound. I found two high-end grocery stores in my town here in SC that carry live lobsters.

One of the stores had lobsters weighing around 1 to 1.5 pounds for $23.99 a pound. The other store had live lobsters around the same weight for only $15.99 a pound.

Is Lobster Good For You?

Besides tasting absolutely delicious, lobster is high in protein and low in calories making it a perfect lean protein source.

It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and is a great source of selenium and copper.

Lobster is relatively high in cholesterol compared to many foods. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. A serving of lobster has less cholesterol than an egg.

What Parts Of A Lobster Can You Eat?

While many parts of a lobster are edible, the tail and the claw are by far the most popular but you can also find meat in the head and rib area between the shells of the body.

Lobster claws are often more tender than tails. But, the tails are by far the meatiest part of the lobster.

Some people (NOT ME) will also eat the tomalley. It’s a delicacy to some. Tomalley is the green substance you find within whole lobsters. Tomalley functions in a lobster much like the pancreas and liver do in us.

If you have a female lobster, it may also contain roe (eggs). If the eggs are red, they are cooked and safe to consume. If they are black, do not eat them until they are properly cooked.

How To Cook Lobster?

Lobster is a versatile shellfish. It can be boiled, steams, broiled, grilled, or baked. You can even saute it on the stovetop or cook it on a flattop.

How Long Does Lobster Meat Last?

Fresh lobster meat lasts only a few hours but once cooked it will last three maybe four days if stored properly in the fridge.

What Goes Well With Lobster?

  • There are a lot of good side dishes you can serve with lobster. Classic side dishes include:
  • clarified butter
  • coleslaw
  • corn on the cob
  • baked potato
  • green side salad
  • rice
  • macaroni and cheese
  • garlic biscuits
  • french fries
  • potato salad
  • pasta

Popular Lobster Dishes

Besides boiling, steaming, or grilling lobster, it is also used successfully in a variety of dishes. Some of the more popular ones are:

  • Lobster macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta with lobster
  • Lobster rolls

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Boil Lobsters Alive?

Lobsters need to be kept alive until they are cooked because lobster meat spoils quickly. While some people toss live lobsters into a pot, others will put the lobsters into a freezer for 15 minutes prior to boiling them.

Does Crawfish Taste Like Lobster?

Crawfish aren’t as salty tasting as lobster but are generally somewhat sweeter. Their taste is similar to lobster, crabs, and shrimp.

Are Lobsters Always Sweet?

All lobsters have some degree of sweetness. Lobsters grown in cold water tends to be sweeter than those grown in warm water. The cold water causes the lobsters to grow more slowly which in turn produces sweeter meat.

Final Recommendations From Cost-Effective Kitchen

Purchasing, storing, and cooking a live lobster is a daunting endeavor. And there’s no doubt eating lobster will set you back a few bucks.

The last thing you want to do is to spend the money and effort getting the lobster home only to cook it and find out you hate it. But have no fear, I have the perfect solution for you.

Many lobsters weigh between 1 and 1.5 pounds. And at $15.99 a pound, each lobster will set you back anywhere between $15.99 and $23.99.

In addition to the cash outlay, you have to put in some serious effort storing the lobster, cooking it, and then cleaning up afterward. All for a food item you aren’t sure you’ll even like.

Instead, wouldn’t you rather spend a few more bucks so you can enjoy a dinner out and have your lobster prepared by an experienced chef? I know I would. Here’s what I found in my area.

As of today, the cheapest per pound price I could find on live lobster is $15.99 a pound but our local Red Lobster is currently running several specials which interest me that include lobster.

For example, on Wednesdays, they have a surf n’ turf combo that includes a 7-ounce sirloin and a lobster tail served with garlic cheddar biscuits and two sides for $19.99.

And on Tuesdays, they have a two-for-dinner special for $49.99 that includes salmon, shrimp, and a lobster tail. It also comes with two sides and garlic cheddar biscuits.

So as you can see, I could spend $15.99 a pound for live lobsters, bring them home, cook them, and then clean up. Or, I could head over to my local Red Lobster and enjoy a steak and lobster dinner for $19.99. For me, that’s a no-brainer!

When you’re looking to try lobster for the first time, look for lobster tail. Trust me, you don’t want to mess with a whole lobster unless you know you’ll like it.

If possible, find a meal that includes other foods you know you like. That way, if you don’t like the lobster tail, you haven’t lost that much money because you will enjoy the rest of your meal.

Also, remember this…if your lobster tail is extremely tough and chewy, make sure to let the manager at the restaurant know the lobster was overcooked.

Until next time…


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